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Updated: Predator: Hunting Grounds Gameplay Trailer Aired During GamesCom 2019!

GamesCom 2019  has just kicked off and Geoff Keighley took to the stage for the Opening Night celebrations where he was joined by IllFonic CEO Charles Brungardt to give the world its first look at Predator: Hunting Grounds!

Though Charles wasn’t able to divulge much information, we did get our first look at some gameplay in the new gameplay trailer which you can check out below!

After opening up with a cool throwback to Predator’s “Long Tall Sally” sequence, we watch as a fireteam deploys to take on the opfor (and named dropped Stargazer) before we got our first look at some of the combat. It looks like the Predator will be played in a third person perspective similar to Predator: Concrete Jungle while the fireteam will be played in first person.

Update: To go along with an upload of the proper trailer, Sony have also posted a pretty hefty blog post with a brand new screenshot in which they talk in some detail about Predator: Hunting Grounds. As suggested by the jungle setting in both trailers so far, Hunting Grounds will be pulling the majority of its influence from the first movie.

We used Predator ’87 for a majority of our inspiration for the game. Which we hope the gamers can see from the jungle environment, but also in the lengths we went to behind the scenes. We researched the original weapons and actually recorded them being fired in heavily wooded areas to make sure the sound and reverberation of bounding around trees and leaves was as accurate as possible in-game.

 Predator: Hunting Grounds Gameplay Trailer Aired During GamesCom 2019!

We of course take ’87 and evolve with current day weapons and technology; we want the Fire Team to be able to be at the top of their game against the universe’s deadliest hunter. In addition, we actually tracked down the synthesizers used in the original score.

These are just a few examples of the level of detail the team is aiming for as we create Predator: Hunting Grounds. It’s been a childhood dream to work on a Predator game. The little kid in me that would play Predator in the woods with friends is beyond stoked!

Though Illfonic is looking back to the original, Predator: Hunting Grounds is set decades after the first film so they were conscious to ensure it tied into the wider Predator lore, including (as I mentioned above) Stargazer!

Gamers will see this in little reveals. For example, we have tied Stargazer from the most recent film, then added some interesting backstory between the two factions. We cannot wait for the community to get into the game and see how we have brought it all together!

 Predator: Hunting Grounds Gameplay Trailer Aired During GamesCom 2019!

The article also talked a little about the decision for the different perspectives, saying that it was intentional to give Predator: Hunting Grounds the feel of two distinct games. They also talked a little about Predkour, their name for the Predator’s movement system in the game!

We created a system for the Predator that we call “Predkour” in the studios; think parkour meets Predator. The Predator has the ability to attack from above as well as on the ground, just like in the films. This meant we needed to create a system for the Predator to climb into the trees and move limb from limb, or structure. The Predkour system has really been the most challenging element to the game. We wanted the Predator’s movement from tree-to-tree to feel effortless and make you feel inhuman with your ability to bound around the map.

This also lends to why the Predator is in third person, versus the Fire Team’s first person. The third person view for Predator really allows the player to see not only the Predator, but also the paths available for the Predator to take; as well as hunt at the same time.

Head on over to Sony’s blog to check out the entire article! Predator: Hunting Grounds is currently in pre-Alpha and is expected to return to GamesCom next year!

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  1. Mr. Xenomorph
    Don’t have a PS4. Thinking about getting a new console, but I’m leaning towards just waiting for the next generation of consoles next holiday season. I just HAD to get a PS3 when Arkham Asylum and Ghostbusters dropped in ‘09. Nothing’s really made me just HAVE to have one. If this was single player, I would be way more interested.
  2. Predwars24
    Eh, don't really have a PS4, and to be honest this isn't making me jump out of my seat to buy one which I'm sure it wasn't going to. It looks ok but I was hoping for more. To be honest not sure what I was expecting. Also why mention something from the worst solo Predator film? Also is there a definitive release date? It seems there really isn't a good time for it to be released next year because competition is fierce, with the Avengers game early in the year, more games coming out towards the end, and new consoles coming out, I think this game's life is going to be very short.
  3. Nameless_1
    The fact that IllFonic thinks reminding fans of Predator 4 will endear them to the game worries me. Of all the films to reference, why on 'od's green earth would you choose the one that completely shiz's on the franchise?
  4. Nameless_1
    Can't say I'm impressed with what we've seen so far. They probably should have waited until they had a more polished trailer to show off.
  5. Corporal Hicks
    Not only is IllFonic going to be Gamescom… We’re also going to PAX West! Pretty crazy how many cool gaming events there are, but we’re looking forward to being there and looking at all the cool stuff that PAX has to show. For more updates on what we’re doing, follow us on social media and keep a lookout for new posts on the IllFonic website at

    From the latest Illfonic news letter. PAX West is the last weekend of the month so there wont be any significant progress. Unsure if we'll see anything new.
  6. Hemi
    IllFonic... which means keep away from this game.

    For reference: Friday the 13th - the Game. (also rough...even after boatloads of patches)

    Still enjoy it, but makes me cry every time I witness the potential. I have no more tears left, so I'm going to pass on this.
  7. Corporal Hicks
    Some new screenshots from the updated game webpage:$native_xxl_nt$$native_xxl_nt$$native_xxl_nt$$native_xxl_nt$

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  8. Kurai
    Disappointed that the Predator is only in 3rd person.  :(
    I disagree with their reasoning behind it as well. 3rd person may give you a more omniscient view around you, but they shouldn't remove the 1st person view just for that, AvP 2010's FPS Predator was my favourite part of that game. This is just an immersion breaker for me.
  9. Vrastal
    The team sounds passionate, and like theyve put a lot of hard work into it. Im not a stickler for sub par graphics as long as the gameplay is smooth and fun.

    Just pray its not another gearbox fiasco. I think itll do decently well overall but will require the community to keep it akive if it doesnt come and go too quickly.

    It wont be a blockbuster hit but will probably be average to slightly above average.

    Games with these muliplayer designs dont tend to do well long term (evolve died fairky quick if i remember correctly and this is following its format mostly). But im hppeful and interested to see what will come of it.
  10. Voodoo Magic
    I never got the impression IllFonic would dive into the EU for the game, just the films, but I guess it's possible. It will be interesting to find out what they mean by "canon".

    When we looked at this IP, it was really important to us that we stayed true to the canon already created in the Predator universe, but to also move it forward. It has been really great having everyone at Fox on hand to answer questions and riff and run things by. Especially since we have been given the unique opportunity that everything we make in this game becomes a part of the official Predator lore.
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